Connect Coffee had been on my radar, ever since I saw their cool coffee concoctions and beautiful waffles on my Instagram feed, I was hooked and knew I had to go there and try out their coffee blends and waffles myself. But your girl got lazy and well, it took me over four months since Connect Coffee opened to get there after Diva planned excessively and persuaded me for us to go.
Back in December (I know, this post is laaate!), we decided to make it coffee and brunch date with our cousins as we hadn’t done that in a long while. Upon reaching the coffee shop, located in the Riverfront Building on Riverside Drive, right opposite the University of Nairobi, Chiromo Road campus, I was awed by the modern interior.
With a black ceiling and exposed low hanging light bulbs, the interior was sleek and inviting and very coffee shop-like, rather than café as I had originally thought of the place. There was a huge shelf on the right side by the wall, with various types of coffee beans and various connect coffee memorabilia including mugs and tumblers. Various informational charts hung on the walls allowing customers to brush up on their coffee knowledge as they sip on their drinks!We went to the counter to order our drinks. Connect Coffee sells coffee from Kenya, Rwanda, Ethiopia and Uganda. But what makes it different from other coffee houses in Kenya is their signature blends. They have two blends: the Romeo blend combines smoky dark chocolate flavor with a nutty flavor, while the Juliet blend captures a fruity flavor with a flowery aroma.
Connect Coffee has various coffee offerings of course. They even have three types of ways of browsing coffee: Kalita, Chemex, and Espropress. They even have my favorite type of coffee – Cold Brew Coffee, brewed on site for twelve hours. The Guinness Type is the Romeo Blend and the Hoegaarden Type is the Juliet blend. In addition to the various coffees, they also offer juices and iced drinks, alongside specially brewed tea.We placed our orders at the counter and then sat down at the edge of the shop at a wooden table by the large glass wall, overlooking the parking lot of the building.
Looking around the cafe, there was a large communal table with exposed light bulbs hanging from an overhead bar. At one end of the shop, was a long window bar table, ideal for working while having a drink.The friendly barista brought over our drinks. My cousins and ordered an Iced Cappuccino and a Vanilla Latte, while my sister got an Espresso and I got the Hoegaarden Type Cold Brew coffee. The hot drinks came in colorful ceramic cups, while the cold drinks came in steel glasses. The steel glasses reminded me of the chaas (an Indian yogurt drink) glasses at home.We all enjoyed our drinks, in fact, my cousin even ordered another Iced Cappuccino. I personally loved the fruity notes of my Hoegaarden Cold Brew, which was just perfect in the sunny weather that we were all enjoying. Don’t lie now! I know you miss the warm Kenyan sun.Connect Coffee, ideally a coffee shop, also offers a few pastries and waffles. They also sell packaged sushi from Haru, the Japanese restaurant in Karen.
Diva and I had ordered a Strawberry Waffle. It came topped with whipped cream, strawberries, chocolate and maple sauce. My cousin ordered his topped with only maple syrup.Light and fluffy, the waffles were incredible soft pockets of goodness, with the whipped cream complementing the fresh strawberries. The chocolate sauce and maple syrup added more sweetness to the waffle, without making it all overwhelmingly sugary. This is a good brunch or breakfast choice if you ever pop into Connect Coffee.What I loved about Connect Coffee was the variety of coffee available, the sleek, modern décor and the waffles were great. What’s more is that they offer loyalty cards, where till you reach a certain number of coffees ordered, you get a free order. However, I do wish they had more food items such as breakfast options so that I can enjoy my coffee with a filling, nutritious breakfast.
Connect Coffee not only sells coffee to drink there, you can also buy coffee beans from there. Their space is inviting, and they also cater events and even offer their space for events.
It was a wonderful morning spent exploring Nairobi’s new coffee spots, while spending time with my cousins!
Photos by Diva Shah